Winching: Everything You Need To Know About Winch-out Services

One thing you can never be sure of as a Calgary resident is the ever-changing weather. A fine bright sunny day can quickly turn dark and result in heavy snow in the blink of an eye. You will often come across snow-filled roads and highways. Driving on such roads can cause serious accidents resulting in severe injuries and sometimes fatalities.

Friction is the binding force between the road and the vehicle’s tires. Slippery and snow-covered roads decrease the friction between the road and your vehicle’s tires, resulting in the skidding of the vehicle off the road. This situation often gets vehicles stuck in the snow or a ditch.

Even the most experienced drivers are intimidated by driving on ice and snow-covered roads. New and naïve drivers are bound to be frightened by such horrifying driving circumstances. A single mistake in these harsh conditions can get you stuck in a ditch, at best, or get you injured in a crash, at worst. Roads with frequent turns and cuts, without proper lighting, are more suspected to host accidents, especially in bad conditions.


If it was just not your day and you find your vehicle stuck in the ditch or snow, an effective way to get out of the situation quickly and safely is by calling a towing company and asking for a winch-out service. Keep reading the following blog to know what winching is, how it works, and what to expect from a winch-out service.

What Is Winching?

Winching is a technique used to rescue people, heavy objects, or vehicles stuck in unpleasant situations like falling in a ditch.

This technique uses a winch which is a drum that has a rope or chain wound to it. Or simply a revolving machine that has a crank or handles. The rope or chain is attached to the vehicle or object that needs to be lifted, and the machine is moved back to carry the vehicle out of the ditch.

Situation Assessment

Often when people are stuck in a situation, they try to solve the problem themselves. Self-help is a positive attribute, however, it does not fit in all situations. When stuck in the snow or a ditch, you can start solving the problem by reversing the car and trying to get out of it.

The other option is to ask for help from passersby. Often people are ready to help whenever they can, but it can often lead to more problems and injuries. Therefore, it is advisable to seek professional help and call a winching service.

However, remember that the force that is strong enough to pull your vehicle out of the ditch will not care about anything or anyone that comes in its way. So, always make sure that the area where you are calling a winch-out service is capable enough to handle such power. The safety of everything and all the people present at the location is all-important. Therefore, it is important to remain calm and assess the situation carefully whenever you are stuck in the snow or a ditch.

Ways To Rig A Winch

There are three ways to rig a winch.

  • Single line
  • Double line
  • Triple line

Required Precautions

Whenever starting a winching process, make sure to assess your surroundings and ensure there are no elevated stones or sharp objects that can fall when the force is applied. Similarly, ensure that no passerbys or animals come in the way of the winching machine when it does its pulling job.

Make sure that the towing company follows all the precautionary measures and complies with the set local regulations. Next, ensure that the towing professionals tie the vehicle to the winch properly only then will the winch-out process be safe and secure.

About Us

AAA Towing provides quick, timely, and efficient roadside assistance services to help you with your car’s smooth and safe recovery all over Calgary and its surrounding areas. We have years of experience in handling all sorts of challenging vehicle recovery situations. Our expert winch operators have seen pretty much everything there is to see, from automobiles stuck in the mud, snow, or ice. Contact us now to get our expert winching and towing services.

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